Taber

In Boulder, Taber received a 0% loan so she could organize a coop for small goat dairy producers on the Front Range.

SOIL

Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally

A new way for us Coloradans to put a little of our money to work in things we understand, near where we live, starting with food.

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SOIL is a new part of the Slow Money movement.

Launched in the fall of 2017, SOIL collects charitable contributions of $250 or more, and then makes 0% loans to local farms and small food enterprises based on members’ vote—one person, one vote, whether you contribute $250 or $2,500. Over time, as loans are repaid, new loans made, and new contributions received, SOIL can grow into a significant resource in support of local food systems in Colorado.

As of October 2017, we have 48 members and almost $160,000, on our way to our initial goal of $250,000, at which time we will begin lending.

In the runup to the launch of SOIL, Slow Money has already made some 0% loans on the Front Range.

MM Local

In Denver, MM Local’s 0% loan played a key role facilitating a next round of financing.

Re:Vision

In Denver, a 0% loan is helping Re:Vision launch the city’s first grocery store that is owned and operated by a community living in a food desert.

Poudre Valley Community Farms

In Fort Collins, a 0% loan to Poudre Valley Community Farms was part of a larger process of local financing for the community ownership of farmland.

Amy Divine

“I am excited to be a founding member of SOIL. What holds more promise, on so many levels, than putting carbon back into the soil, improving access to healthy food and joyfully collaborating to rebuild community?”

Amy DivinePrivate Investor
Taber Ward

“The 0% loan we received from Slow Money has been absolutely crucial to the launch of our new cooperative.”

Taber WardMountain Flower Goat Dairy (Boulder)

Since 2014, this exciting new model—donations in, 0% loans out, one person, one vote—has been pioneered by the 2Forks Club (for the Roaring Fork River and north fork of the Gunnison River). The beautiful spirit of this club is captured in this short video.

Two Roots Farm

In Carbondale, Colorado, Harper and Christian received a 0% loan to help them purchase materials for a mobile walk-in cooler and drip-irrigation system.

Zephyros Farm

In Paonia, a 0% loan enabled Daphne and Don of Zephyros Farm and Garden to purchase a used refrigerated truck, which has allowed them to triple the number of florists they reach with deliveries of their organic flowers.

In Carbondale, a 0% loan helped Jimmy finance irrigation and other equipment for his grafting and compost tea business.

Launch Committee

Brian Coppom

Brian Coppom

Boulder County Farmers’ Market

Amy Divine

Amy Divine

Local investor

Woody Tasch

Woody Tasch

Founder, Slow Money Institute

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